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March 31

  “In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, ... even thou wast as one of them."  Obadiah 11


"Self-centered hermitic should not be mistaken for a gift of the SPIRIT."






The most horrific thought in military doctrine, is to find yourself besieged and subsequently overran by the enemy.  When ally turns traitor, the scene becomes even more bleak.  When brother forsakes brother, it is inexplicable and nigh to the unforgivable.  Isaac only fathered two sons, and here in Obadiah, Edom is indicted of GOD for watching with glee his twin's devastation.  The Edomites folded their hands as the Alamo of the Middle East, and the destruction of Jacob, unfolded before their eyes.  In Israel's most urgent hour, Edom, who could have reinforced and turned the enemies to flight, didn't, and was held complicit by GOD for what transpired.  "If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, behold, we knew it not; doth not HE that pondereth the heart consider it? And HE that keepeth thy soul, doth not HE know it? And shall not HE render to every man according to his works?"

That age old question: 'Am I my brother's keeper?' ... seems germane here, and the consistent and irrefutable answer of Scripture is: yes!  "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?"  Paul warns that in these last days leading to CHRIST'S return, men will increasingly be: "lovers of their own selves ... without natural affection".  Self-centered hermitic should not be mistaken for a gift of the SPIRIT.  In answer to the question: "Who is my neighbor", JESUS tells the familiar story of the 'Good Samaritan', who bested two in piety which "passed by on the other side" ahead of this "certain Samaritan ... who had compassion". 

  John the beloved asks this probing question: "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of GOD in him?"

In view of a world besieged by sin, GOD asks: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?"  The one who holds a true brother's heart that he might help to make up the reinforcement of revival; the one who truly possesses the eye of CHRIST answers:

"... here am I; send me."

For Love of Country
Charles Anderson Dana (1819-1897)
(Editor in Chief of the New York Sun)
"I believe in Christianity; that it is the religion taught to men by GOD HIMSELF in PERSON on earth.  I also believe the Bible to be a Divine revelation.  Christianity is not comparable with any other religion.  It is the religion which came from GOD'S OWN lips, and therefore the only true religion."

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